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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our 3rd river cruise, the first and last on Grand Circle, The river boat is in desperate need of a makeover, cabin decor is worn looking at best. Mattress was in need of replacement. Disappointing that we rarely docked close ... Read More
This was our 3rd river cruise, the first and last on Grand Circle, The river boat is in desperate need of a makeover, cabin decor is worn looking at best. Mattress was in need of replacement. Disappointing that we rarely docked close enough to a town to walk on our own. This was a 14 day trip from Basel, Switzerland to Antwerp, Belgium. For the money we could have gone on a better river boat company. Grand Circle lowered the price $4,000 per couple a few weeks after we paid in full. They would not adjust our price. We were given misinformation when booking about all on board gratitudes were included, this was not the case. Also misinformation on how much extra premium economy air was. Each port we got a short walking tour. Optional tours such as a Marksburg Castle should have been included in the price. Optional tour to Luxembourg wasn’t worth the money. Had a short visit there, lunch, over 90 minutes were spent at the American Cemetery. Followed by a visit to the German Cemetery. Program Directors were average. Food was average, limited choices. Some of the entertainment brought on board was good. This was our 16 trip to Europe, if you are ok with bare bones accommodations Grand Circle will work for you. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Let me say the service on their ships The Melody and The Rapsody were impeccable. Gracious and hospitable on both. I say both because due to low water we were bused from one to another. We anchored in Strasbourg, France for 3 days and ... Read More
Let me say the service on their ships The Melody and The Rapsody were impeccable. Gracious and hospitable on both. I say both because due to low water we were bused from one to another. We anchored in Strasbourg, France for 3 days and bused to the cities. One city alone we rode 3 hours one way and 2 1/2 hours back. Given a mere 3 hours for the walk around part of the town and then the markets themselves. We had to rush back to hear a port talk and have 7 pm dinner. We could have dinner in the city and not rushed back. We could not see the markets at night. Which was the whole point of a Christmas Market Cruise. This was, and I mean was, a LAND TOUR by BUS. I had called Grand Circle to find out if they were cancelling with options and I was told the ships were traveling well, when I received a letter advising of probable deviation I called again, and again was assured that it could be all well. No cancellation by the company. Later on the cruise I was told by the captain that they had been changing ships due to low water all summer. I have been left extremely disappointed by a Grand Circle, due to the fact that other company’s had cancelled with options of refunds or credits to another cruise. All we were given was $100.00 to be used within 2 years. Really! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Romance of the Rhine and Mosel I went to a presentation by GCCL and could not believe how many people had cruised with them before. Many had traveled more than 20 times with GCCL. Mom, 92 and still agile, and son active 70 year old ... Read More
Romance of the Rhine and Mosel I went to a presentation by GCCL and could not believe how many people had cruised with them before. Many had traveled more than 20 times with GCCL. Mom, 92 and still agile, and son active 70 year old really enjoyed the pre-trip in Switzerland. I used to live in the pacific northwest and am familiar with mountains, but the alps are amazing. We bused from Lucerne to Basel where we boarded the River Rhapsody where we were greeted with champagne and a hot towel - nice. Our state room was on the second deck in the very front right over the bow thrusters which made quite a lot of noise when used (locks and docking). It is a good thing that I can sleep through anything. Still I would try to avoid room 214 or whatever is just across the hall. I did like that the beds folded up during the day so that there were small couches and a table you could sit at. I do not like the duvet covers because it is so hard to regulate sleeping temperature. Closet space is adequate. The ship is not new 1999, but it is spotless. Our ship had engine problems and so we were stuck at a location not on the itinerary for 2 nights. GCCL program directors worked till late at night to arrange great tours and buses. I think that what we experienced may have been better than what was on the normal schedule. (We didn't miss any of the signature stops), Service in the dining room was really excellent on the right side of the ship, the servers learned our names and what we liked. The left side of the ship had ok servers, but not outstanding. I thought that the food was excellent and varied (with a local offering at each port). Now to the best part of the cruise, the program directors. All three were excellent, but ours Rebecca was far and above any that I could imagine. She was articulate, caring, observant, interactive with locals and us, purchased food for us to try. I don't have enough superlatives to describe her. Local guides varied from really excellent to mechanical. The guide our group had in Marksberg castle was not very good. Overall I really enjoyed the trip and definitely would travel with GCCL again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
A few things first. This is a small ship because you have to have a small ship designed to go on the rivers in Europe, get under bridges, and put you into the heart of a city. f you want a 5,000 passenger behemoth with 20 ... Read More
A few things first. This is a small ship because you have to have a small ship designed to go on the rivers in Europe, get under bridges, and put you into the heart of a city. f you want a 5,000 passenger behemoth with 20 restaurants,different entertainment every night, and a water slid this is not for you. Second, the people going on these cruises primarily want to see interesting places and history. If you want to be entertained 24 hours a day with shows on the ship go elsewhere. Third, it is an older group of people because they have the money and time to do a two week tour. Europe is not the US with access everywhere to the handicapped. Some of the places we went were demanding and require walking. If your felt that they were too demanding you can stay on the ship. But this is part of seeing stuff. I have no idea why the people who travel with Grand Circle are almost all Americans. The ships, and I have been on several Grand Circle river ships and one Viking (but not a Longship), are all the same. Well designed, comfortable, and beautifully maintained. You never see anything shabby or dirty. The cabins are small, but well thought out. They have an upper open deck with part of it shade protected, and one part enclosed with glass. They have one dinning room which is comfortable and surrounded by windows. There is a very large lounge with comfortable chairs and sofas. The food is very good. I had always thought that the food was just OK until I took a cruise on the Fathom Adonia and learned that the Grand Circle food is actually very good indeed. Breakfast is a large buffet with many choices. They even seem to cook their own pastries - if the don't they fooled me. It never seems institutional. Lunch is either a buffet or you can order off the menu. Lots of choices and most days they have a chef cooking a pasta in front of you. Dinner is ordering from a menu. Ample choices. If you don't like what they have you can always get salmon or a hamburger. Service is excellent and you quickly learn the staff and they learn what you want. Tipping is suggested but not mandatory and they do a great job - tips are distributed to the entire crew, not just the wait staff. . Beer and wine is included at lunch and dinner although I wasn't crazy about the wine. The cost of beer and wine at the bar is reasonable. They have a package for soft drinks that I like. I don't recall if they have a "happy hour". There is a welcome reception and you get to know the captain and his staff. Some ships offer a tour of the bridge and kitchen - this ship only offered the kitchen tour. The internet is free and not always available but often enough so that it is not a problem,. This trip the front desk was not helpful with how to access the internet and I had to ask a passenger how to do it. It turned out that the instructions were in the cabin. The front desk is generally helpful, but you can always ask the Program Director or the hotel or restaurant manager. Entertainment is a piano player and there are programs at night. There Is also an evening "port talk" to tell you what they are doing the next day. I would have wanted more history about each place we visited in advance, Grand Circle has a program director for each 30 or so passengers who is with you the entire time and always available. They vary a little in quality, but all are very good and professionals. Our program director was born in Switzerland to American parents and had been to high school in the US. She was superb in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, but not as knowledgeable about Antwerp. They provide an individual earpiece on the tours to hear the guide or program director that works beautifully. The only thing that was not good was when they told us information on the PA system on the ship when we went though the area with the castles - I missed most of that due to poor quality. They should have used the individual earpieces but that was not an option. The only problem that we encountered was in some cities after the guided tour they leave you on your own to explore the city. Sometimes they come back and meet you at a designated spot and sometimes not - they should always come back - eventually someone will be left. A great value. Read Less
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